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ESPN College Game Day will be at Texas A&M for UK game

image001ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make a first time stop on the campus of No. 15 Texas A&M, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup between SEC opponents – the Aggies and No. 22 Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 20 (ESPN, 6:30 p.m.). The morning show begins at 11 a.m. on ESPN, followed by an evening edition leading into the game telecast.

ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Dan Shulman, Bilas and reporter Shannon Spake will have the call of the Texas A&M-Kentucky game.

Calipari’s ejection “set a fire” for Kentucky


Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Less than 2 1/2 minutes in Saturday’s game at South Carolina, Kentucky coach John Calipari was finished. He got two technical fouls after a foul call on South Carolina and was ejected just like it was two years ago in Columbia.

This time, though, it didn’t matter as UK rolled to a stunning 89-62 victory over the Gamecocks.

So did Calipari’s ejection set the tone for the big win?

Kentucky-South Carolina postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 22/21 Kentucky at RV/No. 20 South Carolina
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
Feb. 13, 2016
Attendance: 18,000

Final Score: Kentucky 89, South Carolina 62

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky has won three in a row and is now 19-6 on the season. The Wildcats are 9-3 in Southeastern Conference action, preserving at least a tie for the league lead.
• South Carolina is 21-4 overall, 8-4 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 50-11 and has won three in a row.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Cats turn SEC showdown into Columbia Massacre


This was supposed to be the game where South Carolina took control of the Southeastern Conference race and Kentucky’s road woes continued. Or at least that is what ESPN analysts Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg predicted before the game.

Instead, even without coach John Calipari, Kentucky played its best of the season and dominated the Gamecocks while winning 89-62 Saturday in Columbia, S.C., to move into first place in the SEC. And remember South Carolina beat Texas A&M and LSU in its previous two games.

Jay Bilas Named Recipient of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Veteran ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas has been named a recipient of the 2016 Curt Gowdy Media Award for his significant contribution to the game of basketball as a member of the electronic media. The award will be given during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events September 8-10 in Springfield, Mass. Bilas is joined by David Aldridge (print media), a longtime NBA reporter.

Guest post: Numbers favor Kentucky by 4 points at South Carolina


team clapsAs difficult as it seems to believe, the 2015-16 basketball regular season is drawing to its close. The schedule makers try to place games between teams they believe will be contenders for this time of year, and the Kentucky schedule is certainly consistent with that philosophy.

The top six teams in the SEC after the first 11 games are Kentucky, South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, and Vanderbilt. The Cats will play each of the other 5 teams, and will travel to South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Florida over these last seven games.

Guest post: Boogie Man was immediately heartbroken by mishap


“It was an accident.  I wish I knew her name so I can apologize. I am sorry.”

These were the words uttered from Darren Moscoe, also known as UK Boogie Man, after his mishap at Tuesday’s Kentucky-Georgia game when during his traditional dance routine he picked up a 10-year-old fan and then dropped her when he fell. The mishap made ESPN and even FoxNews.

Following the John Calipari postgame radio show I encountered Darren alone in the lobby of the Hyatt.  There was no doubt he was extremely remorseful and heartbroken by what transpired during his now infamous “Monie Monie” dance.

Joining WLEX-TV, Cutler, Farmer and Craft a special blessing and opportunity


TBF-VAUGHTS-VIEWSWhen I made the decision to leave The Advocate-Messenger after 41 years, I was not sure what the future might hold. I knew I wanted to find work, but only the right kind of work.

Today I couldn’t be happier by WLEX-TV’s decision to let me be part of their online sports coverage. To have a chance to work with Alan Cutler, Keith Farmer and Dorian Craft — the real WLEX-TV sports pros —and the other great folks at the station (especially you Melissa Ratliff) is like a dream come true for me.

LEX18’s team now includes Larry Vaught

Lexington — Larry Vaught, an award-winning writer who has covered University of Kentucky sports since 1975, is joining LEX18’s team on True Blue Fan coverage beginning Monday, February 15.

‘’Larry is one of the most knowledgable writers you will find covering UK sports,’’ said LEX18 Sports Director Alan Cutler. “He has passion and insight that will be a real benefit for True Blue fans to experience.”

Vaught will contribute his unique spin, ‘’Vaught’s Views,’’  with articles and videos each week on, and LEX18’s True Blue Fan page on Facebook.

Dominique Hawkins says he can still make “great impact” on team this year


Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Even though coach John Calipari says guard Dominique Hawkins is still only 80 percent healthy because of his ankle injury. However,  Hawkins says going into Saturday’s game at South Carolina the ankle is “the best it’s ever been” even though he’s not completely healed.

He said “it was really sore” before the Florida game when he did not play.

“The doctors and I decided to sit out that game,” he said.

He did play against Georgia Tuesday and even had a dunk.